The dynamics of power and privilege in psychotherapy

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  • Societal issues based in power and privilege inevitably enter the therapy room. In this video, Malin Fors offers a fresh synthesis of ideas to unmask these hidden dynamics and in the process improve therapeutic relationships and outcomes. During the discussion with interviewer Dr. Katherine Helm, Fors explains the matrix of relative privilege, a model consisting of four core client-therapist dynamics: similarity of privilege; privilege favoring the therapist; privilege favoring the patient; similarity of nonprivilege. This matrix may be used to understand the power dynamics not only in psychotherapy and counseling, but in all treatment relationships. In this program, Malin Fors demonstrates and discusses clinical topics associated with the model, such as voluntary and involuntary self-disclosure, similarities between patient and therapist, and internalized oppression, and then highlights specific moments in the demonstration session where client-therapist power dynamics come into play.


  • DVD
  • Closed-captioned.
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